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Vancouver Canucks lose 4th straight to Los Angeles, Dustin Brown
The Canucks controlled the play. They controlled the body. They peppered Jonathan Quick and got the goaltending they needed from Eddie Lack.
But they couldn't find the scoresheet and they allowed the Los Angeles Kings to win in the most Los Angeles Kings of wins, with Dustin Brown potting the winner off a broken play around the crease, early in the third period.
The Canucks finished with 28 shots to Los Angeles's 20 and killed off seven Kings powerplays, picking up 69 penalty minutes in the three-period affair. The Canucks also won the face-off count, 26-15, and blocked 15 shots in the loss.
Jonathan Quick picked up the shootout for Los Angeles, and Eddie Lack had 19 saves for the Canucks.
Ryan Kesler had several chances to score and fought fellow American Olympian Dustin Brown six seconds into the second period.
Post-game and speaking with Sportsnet's Dan Murphy, Kesler called the game Vancouver's best of the season, adding that the Canucks dominated the game and were victim to a "lucky" goal by Brown.
Kesler played 22:37 to lead all Vancouver forwards. Only defenceman Dan Hamhuis (24:03) played more on Monday.